The Week in the Rearview Mirror

Texas became the latest state where a court has invalidated a ban on gay marriage. The ruling is on hold while the various legal challenges make their way through the court system. Attorney General Greg Abbott on Thursday filed his intent to appeal the ruling handed down by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, an appointee of President Bill Clinton, in San Antonio.

State Sen. Dan Patrick's oops moment on Twitter — a typo initially had him supporting marriage as between "ONE MAN & ONE MAN" — went viral in the aftermath of the ruling against Texas' gay marriage ban and became fodder for late night comedian Conan O'Brien later in the day.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis got a fundraising boost from Ted Nugent's appearance on the campaign trail with her GOP opponent Greg Abbott. In the latest round of campaign finance reports, Davis reported raising a combined $2.85 million among her campaign accounts and an allied effort with Battleground Texas. Abbott reported raising $2.45 million, but the Republican still maintains a nearly 3-to-1 advantage in cash on hand.

The latest edition of the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll found Greg Abbott up 11 points on Wendy Davis in the general election contest for governor. In other key findings, Texans were more optimistic about the direction of the state than the nation at large, and a strong majority favored the legalization of marijuana for either medicinal use or more general use.

The capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, the leader of Mexico's ruthless Sinaloa drug cartel spurred U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, to say the kingpin should be extradited to the U.S. McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the decision to extradite is ultimately up to Mexico, but he raised concerns based on the cartel leader's 2001 escape from prison.